Town sign talented Phillips and link with Super League Widnes
Last updated at 16:11, Friday, 16 November 2012
Workington Town have signed highly-rated half-back Callum Phillips.
The 21-year-old is Great Britain’s most capped Lion with 17 U18 appearances.
He was voted man of the match in the Cumberland Cup final aged 16, and was a member of the West Cumbria U18s that won the National Youth League and play-off final.
Phillips was voted National Youth League Player of the Year in 2010.
Joint coach Martin Oglanby said: “When Gary Charlton and I took over, it was on our remit to build a side around the best local amateurs. Callum is a massive signing for us. We’ve been patient, but know Callum’s got huge potential and his attitude and work ethic is superb.
“His quality of handling, distribution and speed will see him cover three positions – half-back and nine.
“He’s been off the radar for 12 months, but Callum is the outstanding amateur international in Cumbria.
“He has always looked after himself and I am sure he will progress in the professional game as his brother Brett has.”
Phillips, who has been out of action for a year following reconstructive knee surgery, came through the Seaton ranks with his brother Brett, 24.
Brett scored a debut try for Scotland against England Knights after only 12 months in the professional game.
His dad Graham also played for Town.
Workington officials thanked the Travellers’ Rest Supporters’ Club and the club’s Super Fan Lotto for helping secure the services of Phillips.
Off the pitch, Workington have linked up with Super League outfit Widnes Vikings as they prepare for the 2013 Championship season.
The arrangement will see up to five dual registered or loan players from Vikings given the opportunity to prove themselves and aid their development in a competitive environment.
Aside from player exchanges, Town are also set to gain from increased brand exposure through the extended marketing opportunity the joining of forces has created.
From both a performance and commercial point of view, this can only be beneficial to all concerned.
Chairman Dave Bowden said: “The most obvious advantage is that the players from Widnes first-team squad will be available to play for Town and develop their skills.
“In return, there is also a development route to ensure our local players can develop their rugby league careers, and at the highest level of the game in this country.”
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First published at 11:55, Friday, 16 November 2012
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